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Chris Teale

Staff Reporter, GCN

Chris Teale
Chris Teale is a staff reporter for GCN. He was most recently a technology reporter for Morning Consult, and prior to that covered smart cities for Industry Dive. He also has had spells in local news reporting in Northern Virginia. He graduated from the University of East Anglia in 2013.
Emerging Tech

New Hampshire could play ‘leading role’ in promoting blockchain, report says

A governor’s commission said it is an “important technological innovation,” and recommended the state play a robust regulatory role to support its growth.

Cloud & Infrastructure

How one state cut its vehicle titling time down to a few days

West Virginia is the first state in the nation to digitize its titling process, but a DMV overhaul must be handled with care.

Cybersecurity

Cyber grants: Some governments may be ‘totally left out’

Experts said the $1 billion State and Local Cybersecurity Grant Program is admirable for its emphasis on planning, but it may not deliver much direct cash at the local level.

Cloud & Infrastructure

States look to speed fiber installation across railroad tracks

Virginia’s legislature wants to cap crossing fees and speed up the review process, but railroad companies say current practices protect safety.

Cybersecurity

Executive order blocks state business with ‘evil foreign governments’

South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem’s order will ensure companies associated with hostile nations do not access state infrastructure or data through IT or telecommunications contracts.

Emerging Tech

Automated vehicles coming to Ohio roads

The state will test trucks equipped with platooning technology along its Smart Mobility Corridor, and automated passenger vehicles will spend a year driving on rural roads.

Emerging Tech

Tech keeps city’s fleet vehicles within speed limits

Active intelligent speed assistance technology has kept drivers from speeding and cut hard braking by more than a third, New York City Mayor Eric Adams said.

Cybersecurity

States should follow feds in Chinese tech bans

With a recent report citing at least 1,600 state and local agencies still buying IT and communications equipment from China, one researcher advised they follow federal guidance more closely.

Cloud & Infrastructure

Governor calls for $37M boost in drone funding

North Dakota Gov. Doug Burgum proposed $30 million for the state’s unmanned aerial system traffic control network and $7 million for a business and aviation park in Grand Forks.

Cybersecurity

States look to feds for help building a more robust cyber workforce

The National Association of State Chief Information Officers called on the federal government to help address the shortage of skilled cyber workers and urged flexible implementation of the State and Local Cybersecurity Grant Program.

Public Safety

Police tech requires better trained officers, more cybersecurity

State governments should also build in more oversight around data collection and privacy, according to researchers at the Information Technology and Innovation Foundation.

Cybersecurity

New York gives cyber initiatives a $35M boost

Gov. Kathy Hochul said the extra investment would expand shared cybersecurity services to local governments.

Cloud & Infrastructure

Broadband maps for Indian Country called ‘horrible,’ ‘egregious’ and ‘negligent’

Tribal advocates say the FCC’s maps are symbolic of wider, systemic issues, but help may be on the way via a new Virtual Tribal Broadband Office.

Cybersecurity

Cyberattack turns up the heat on common security problems

The ransomware attack that crippled a New York county again demonstrated the need for investment, regular updates and an enterprisewide approach to security.

Cloud & Infrastructure

Flexibility, culture key to attracting laid-off tech workers

State and local agencies looking to pick up staff from layoffs at tech companies should be “leaning into different flexibilities,” said one expert.

Cybersecurity

Cyber ranges bolster IoT security

With hands-on training, state and local governments can better address the vulnerabilities of internet-connected devices.

Emerging Tech

What’s next in government tech

Blockchain, artificial intelligence and augmented and virtual reality offer agencies new opportunities, but modernizing legacy infrastructure will be key, a recent report says.

Cloud & Infrastructure

County streamlines business taxes, licensing

Clark County, Nevada, will be able to issue a consolidated tax invoice for its businesses, automate workflows and seamlessly review licensing applications.

Cloud & Infrastructure

Broadband map challenges underway despite ‘flawed’ process

Filing challenges is onerous and relies too much on crowdsourced data, observers say.

Cybersecurity

Local cyber budgets growing but still inadequate, survey finds

With cyber insurance premiums also rising dramatically, half of municipal governments may be without adequate coverage, one expert says.